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Valentine's Day Crafts & Activities for Kids!

Happy Valentines Day! Here are some great Valentine's Day crafts, activities and recipes that will provide some fun family time!



Valentine Mailbox

You'll need an empty tissue box, wrapping paper, construction paper hearts, glue and tape. Use wrapping paper to cover the box on the bottom, sides and most of the top. Cover the remaining portion of the top with the hearts, leaving the hole open.

You can also use plain paper to cover your box, and use markers, stickers, confetti, pictures and construction paper shapes to decorate!



Thumbprint Heart Sugar Cookies

This is a great recipe for little "cupids" to help with! Kids will have fun signing cookies for their Valentines- fingerprint style!

You'll need a roll of refrigerated sugar cookie dough, an egg yolk, red food coloring and decorations.Place the cookie dough in the freezer for 30 minutes. Beat the egg yolk in a small bowl and add 10 drops of red food coloring.

Cut the chilled dough into inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Dip thumb or index finger in egg mixture to generously coat with color. Press finger onto each slice of dough at an angle twice to make a heart shape. Sprinkle with red sugar, or other decorations.

Bake for 7-11 minutes at 350 degrees. When cookies are completely cool, you can use red frosting or gel to write names or messages on your cookies!



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Pop-Up Hearts Cards

Special homemade valentines for special folks! You'll need: 8 " by 11" piece of construction paper for the card, 8 " by 5 " piece of construction paper for the pop-up hearts, scissors, glue, and markers.

Fan-fold the smaller paper five times, and cut a half heart with both sides of the fold connected so that you end up with a chain of hearts. Now fold the larger piece of paper in half, to make the card. Use the markers to decorate the outside. Glue the outside hearts to the inside of the card. Let the glue dry before closing the card! After the glue has dried, you can write a message to your Valentine inside the card!



Funfetti Pretzel Hearts

Vanilla frosting and candy coating change heart-shaped pretzel twists into sweet treats you can make in a heartbeat! You'll need vanilla-flavored candy coating, a can of vanilla frosting, and some miniature twist pretzels.

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place about 4 ounces of candy coating into a microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, until melted. Stir until smooth.

Add about 10 pretzels and mix gently until pretzels are well coated. If your mixture is too thick, you can microwave for a few more seconds.

With a fork, remove each pretzel from the coating mixture and place on the waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Immediately decorate with sprinkles or jimmies. Repeat with remaining pretzels. Let stand about 30 minutes, until coating is completely set. Enjoy!



Valentine Wreath

Cut out the center of a paper plate. Use a cookie cutter to trace heart shapes onto wrapping paper or wallpaper, and cut out. You can also cut out heart shapes from red, pink and white construction paper. Glue the hearts to the paper plate with rubber cement, or a glue stick. You can also add glitter, confetti, or ribbon.



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Send a Valentines Day E-Card! We have more than a dozen absolutely adorable postcards to pick from! You can compose your card now, and schedule delivery for February 14th! Postcards!



Valentines Day Jewelry

Make some fun Valentines Day jewelry to wear yourself or give as a gift! You'll need some red and white plastic drinking straws, some red and pink construction paper, and some yarn or string.

Cut some small heart shapes out of the construction paper, and use a hole punch to make a hole in the center of each one. Now, cut the drinking straws into inch pieces. Tie a piece of the snipped straw onto the end of the yarn to keep the necklace pieces from falling off.

Alternate threading the straw pieces and the heart shapes onto the yarn, until it is filled. Tie the ends of the necklace together. You can make a bracelet the same way!



Creeping Cracker Caterpillars

These make a great, fun snack for Valentines Day! For extra fun, arrange caterpillars on crushed chocolate cookie wafer "dirt" and tinted green coconut "grass."

You'll need a box of Ritz miniature peanut butter filled cracker sandwiches, some peanut butter, and candies and icing for decoration. Spread peanut butter on one side of each of 6 cracker sandwiches. Then press the crackers together, offsetting them slightly, to form an "S" shaped caterpillar. Arrange your caterpillars on the plate.

Now, you can decorate! On each caterpillar, attach 2 chocolate chips with a small amount of peanut butter on one end for eyes. Place 2 pieces of licorice between the first 2 crackers for antennae. Use miniature M & Ms for legs, and finally, decorate the face with decorating gel!



Refrigerator Lovebugs

Make some adorable love bugs to decorate your refrigerator, or give as a gift! You'll need some red and pink felt, a wooden craft stick, a magnetic strip and a pipe cleaner.

Cut out two 2" hearts from the red felt, and one 1" heart from the pink felt. Use a black marker or t-shirt paints to make a friendly face on the small heart.

Decorate the large hearts with glitter, markers, t-shirt paints, or whatever else you can think of! Now glue to small pieces of pipe cleaner to the top of the small heart, and twist the ends to make them look like antennae. Glue the large hearts next to each other on the craft stick to make the wings. Glue the small heart on the top on the craft stick for the head.

Allow to dry, and then glue the magnet strip on the back of the craft stick.



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Valentine Creatures

Decorate your walls with lots of fun Valentine creatures! All you need is construction paper, scissors and glue. Just cut hearts of various sizes out of colored construction paper. Design and create your own creatures with the heart shapes and glue together. Glue your creatures on to a piece of white paper. You can make caterpillars, butterflies, peacocks and more!



Chocolate Dipped Goodies!

Make your own scrumptious chocolates this Valentine's Day! Careful, though, this activity requires close adult supervision. (and tasting!)

Melt 1 tablespoon of margarine and 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring often. Use tongs to dip your favorite goodies into the melted chocolate (Try strawberries, cherries, marshmallows, pretzels, or bananas) Place on a sheet of waxed paper, and put in the refrigerator to harden. Yum!



Valentine

Here is a valentine,
I made it just for you,
With paper and ribbons,
And lots of Elmer's glue,
I cut it with my scissors,
And designed it with my paint,
If I tell you that I love you,
Do you promise not to faint?



Recommended Valentine's Day books:

"Robin's Secret Valentine" by Kiki Thorpe
"Blue's Valentine's Day" by Deborah Reber
"Corduroy's Valentine Activity Book" by Lisa McCue
"Be My Valentine!" by Molly Wigand
"Love Is All You Need" by Debbie Wiles



Heart Mobile

Here's the perfect decoration to get everyone in the mood for this loving holiday! Just cut lots and lots of hearts out of construction paper in all different sizes. Take a long piece of red or white ribbon and glue paper hearts to both sides of it to make a long valentine mobile. Make as many of these ribbon-heart mobiles as you like, then hang them from the ceiling to create a magical, romantic room of hearts.



Heart Pin

Here's an inexpensive way for you to make jewelry you'll be proud to give to your valentine.

Ingredients:
4 cups of flour
1 cup salt
1-3/4 cups water
Red food coloring

Make up a batch of baker's clay by combining the flour, salt and water and kneading it until well mixed. Roll the dough out and cut it into heart shapes using a cookie cutter or pattern.

Insert a safety pin in the back of each heart and bake at 250degrees for 2-3 hours (until firm). Allow to cool completely. Use acrylic paint or permanent felt-tip pens to personalize or add designs to the pins. Apply a clear varnish or gloss finish for shine!



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Valentines Day Gift Baskets for Kids!

Have you seen our adorable new animal gift baskets? We have teddy bears, centipedes, bunnies, bees and more! Filled with toys, books, crafts and more- makes a wonderful keepsake gift for a special child!

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